Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2017; 65(S 03): S164-S166
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1601334
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The Transatlantic Relationship: Hands across the Ocean from Borst to Mohr

Michael Mack
1  Baylor Scott and White Health, Dallas, Texas, United States
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01 March 2017

01 March 2017

Publication Date:
07 April 2017 (online)

The First Generation

The metaphor of “hands across the ocean” was first embraced by Hans Borst in 1985 to define the close, collaborative relationship between German and American thoracic surgeons ([Fig. 1]).[1] In the postwar era, numerous American surgeons helped put German thoracic surgery back on its feet. This led to a bidirectional transatlantic alliance in which patients in both countries benefited from the cross-fertilization and coeducation among surgeons. Prof. Friedrich Mohr crossed the ocean in the late 1980s to build a lifelong collaboration with, among others, Jack Matloff and Frank Litvak at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, United States.

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Fig. 1 Friedrich Mohr as a young surgeon with his mentor and friend Hans Georg Borst.